| 2nd December 2011
Toyota has released a new engine for the Avensis family car, which it says will be both more economical and more affordable.
The Toyota Avensis is set for a new, updated addition to its range in 2012 which will include a new 2.0-litre D-4D engine that is expected to return CO2 emissions of 119g/km and fuel economy of 61.4mpg. This new diesel engine produces a power output of 148hp.
The emissions figures are particularly important because the lower level means first year road tax will now be free in the UK.
These sub 120g/km emissions are result of a 14 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions which fall from 139g/km. Its mileage of 61.4mpg has also improved by 15 per cent from 53.3mpg.
These improvements are due to a 'reduction in friction and adjustments to the torque characteristics', according to Toyota - but customers are more likely to be interested in the savings made in running costs.
Toyota says the total cost of ownership can potentially be reduced by £2,000 over a space of three years/60,000 miles.
A well as this new efficiency improving engine the Avensis will also have changes to its suspension and steering to produce more responsive handling and a more comfortable ride.
It is also good news for company car owners as the Avensis is expected to have a 17 per cent Benefit-in-Kind company car tax rating.
New Toyota Avensis model factfile
What is the new model?
The new Avensis model includes a new 2.0-litre diesel engine that is expected to reduce emissions.
Why is it good?
The engines new efficiency means that tax cost less and Toyota expect a potential saving of £2,000 for cost of ownership over a 3 year/60,000 mile period.
How much will it cost?
Prices for the new Avensis start from £18,450 on the road. The new Toyota Avensis is available to buy now.